Finishing up the year (just ended second round of plan builder, because…no events) and going to take a week or two off, then start back, and thinking about how to structure next year. For context, this was about my fourth year of structured training, second on TR. Would have been 4th year racing (though still cat 4), if there had been any. I’m 50, work 50+ hrs/wk. Currently FTP 285 at 74 kg, just below the magic 4 w/kg.
Here’s the thing: I’ve basically been stagnant/declining since I started TR. I started at 300 in Nov 2019, hung around there through the spring, dropped a lot of structure for outdoor, messed around with some polarized, slipped to 291 after break at the end of last year, got back to 300 after SSBI, followed plan builder pretty well this year (my outdoor rides were structured to mimic prescribed sessions), but haven’t seen 300 since. I also feel like like I totally lost my “top end” until just recently finishing speciality. I felt tired and burned out a lot in SSBII and build phases.
So, looking ahead, not too excited to just run PB again. Thinking about following options:
a) traditional base +/- a single VO2 weekly session (á la Friel who recommends keeping VO2 for older athletes)
b) Run PB low volume and supplement with more Z1-2 (I find the Wed Pettit type to sap my legs at the prescribed power, but ok if I turn it down 5-10%)
c) go strictly Polarized, but how does this periodize across the year?
d) do something like Fascat plans, but again, concerned about no VO2 work for a few months
e) just go on feel. I wasn’t any slower when I did this in the past
Interested in people’s experiences/opinions